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Sam Moss is a Brattleboro, Vermont based songwriter and string player. In fall 2013 he released his eighth solo album, No Kingdom. Moss has also released two albums with the old-time duo, The Howling Kettles, and compiled Imaginational Anthem Volume Five for Tompkins Square Records. In fall 2012 he was in residence at The MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, NH. His work has won high praise from NPR, Dusted, Pop Matters, and Blurt Magazine, among others.




All tracks recorded at home in Brattleboro, VT, except 7 and 8, which were recorded at The MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, NH.
Mixed and mastered at Nada Sound Studio by Eric Carbonara.
All songs © 2013 Sam Moss.
released 15 October 2013



William Tyler – Impossible Truth (Album Teaser)
Directed and editted by Zack Wilson
“Impossible Truth” is out March 19, 2013 on Merge Records.


Tompkins Square Records has released a box set version of its ‘Imaginational Anthem‘ series “Imaginational Anthem vols. 1-5,” all five volumes of the acclaimed series, in their original packaging, plus a bonus disc : ‘Elvis Was A Capricorn’, a previously unreleased live CD by William Tyler. Limited to 999 units.



Sam Moss is a Brattleboro, Vermont based composer, songwriter, and string player. He has released a handful of solo albums, is a member of the old-time duo, The Howling Kettles, and a long-distance contributor to Sewing Machines. He recently compiled Imaginational Anthem Volume Five for Tompkins Square Records. In fall 2012 he was in residence at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, NH. His work has won high praise from NPR, Dusted, Pop Matters, and Blurt Magazine, among others.


All songs written by Sam Moss except “Lonesome Valley”, which is traditional.
Recorded in Brattleboro, Vermont
Mastered by Eric Carbonara
Not Nothing Records, released 01 May 2012



‘Obscure Giants of Acoustic Guitar’ – Trading Card Set
San Francisco’s Tompkins Square label has released new and reissued recordings by many of the greatest acoustic guitarists of the past several decades. The label presents 37 cards, featuring vivid portraits by artist Shana Cleveland, plus biographies detailing the work and lives of some of these masters.

Order, HERE.

Obscure-Giants by TompkinsSquare


Shana Cleveland is an artist, musician and writer living in Seattle. Her music can be heard in the bands the Curious Mystery, La Luz (surf rock, girl-group) and Shana Cleveland and the Sandcastles (quitetime crooners).
Her works have been appeared in some places like (short stories, poems:) Black Clock, the Columbia Poetry Review, Court Green,  Vice, and (artworks:) in the Believer and Yeti Magazine.






Michael Chapman began his career on the Cornish folk circuit in 1967.
Signed to the Harvest label, home to Pink Floyd and Deep Purple, he
recorded four quasi-legendary albums. The influential ‘Fully Qualified
Survivor’ was John Peel’s favorite record of 1970, and featured future
Bowie collaborator Mick Ronson. After decades of recording and touring,
Chapman remained an obscure figure in the States until his profile was
raised by a lengthy 2009 interview with big fan Thurston Moore in
Fretboard Journal. He toured extensively with the late guitarist Jack
Rose, and more recently, with Bill Callahan. Seattle-based indie label
Light in the Attic began a reissue campaign of his Harvest work, and
Tompkins Square released the internationally acclaimed double disc, ‘Trainsong : Guitar Compositions, 1967-2010‘.
–Tompkins Square Records 


“Oh Michael, Look What You’ve Done : Friends Play Michael Chapman,” compiled by Michael’s wife Andru and Tompkins Square’s Josh Rosenthal, is due out on May 29th via Tompkins Square.

“No Song To Sing” by Meg Baird by TompkinsSquare

Track listing : 
1. Black Twig Pickers – Life on the Ceiling 
2. D. Charles Speer – Expressway in the Rain 
3. Lucinda Williams – That Time of Night 
4. Thurston Moore – It Didn’t Work Out 
5. Meg Baird – No Song To Sing 
6. Maddy Prior – The Prospector 
7. Hiss Golden Messenger – Fennario 
8. Rick Kemp – Vanity and Pride 
9. Two Wings – You Say 
10. Nick Jonah Davis – Little Molly’s Dream 
11. Bridget St. John – Rabbit Hills 
12. William Tyler – Naked Ladies and Electric Ragtime



William Tyler – Tears and Saints (live) (via nyctaper)

Listen William Tyler‘s recent live track via nyctaper! Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com at Glasslands, Brooklyn, NY, 2011-11-16.

William Tyler is a native of Nashville, Tennessee and a guitarist who has spent the last several years recording and touring with Silver Jews and Lambchop among others. In addition he has contributed to albums by artists as diverse as Charlie Louvin, Candi Staton, Wooden Wand, and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, as well as taking part in a large ensemble piece by composer Rhys Chatham. And he also has his own record label, Sebastian Speaks.

William Tyler – The Green Pastures

Taken from his own name’s solo debut album “Behold the Spirit,” released by New York’s Tompkins Square Records, 2010, after releasing his first album “Deseret Canyon” under the moniker the Paper Hats (Apparent Extent, 2008).

William Tyler – Behold the Spirit
Directed/Edited by Zack Wilson. Music/Narration by William Tyler.

James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg – The Queue Outside The Night Ministry


James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg: Believer Field by Nathan Salsburg
From “Avos,” released on Tompkins Square in August, 2011. Recorded and mixed by Jonathan Schenke at Soungs, Chicago; mastered by Blaise Barton, Scientific Mastering, Chicago.


James Elkington moved from London to Chicago around the turn of the millennium and has since released a string of albums as leader of The Zincs for Thrill Jockey Records. After dissolving the band in 2008, Elkington has concentrated on acoustic, folk-tinged music with his band The Horse’s Ha (that he shares with Freakwater’s Janet Bean), culminating in the release of their debut album, “Of The Cathmawr Yards” in 2009. He is also the owner/operator of a clunky solo career, and moonlights convincingly as the guitar player in Jon Langford’s (of The Mekons) Skull Orchard.


Nathan Salsburg – Sought & Hidden

Back Home In Bogenbrook by Nathan Salsburg
From “Affirmed,” forthcoming on the No Quarter label, November 15, 2011. Recorded in Louisville, Kentucky, at the Funeral Home by Kevin Ratterman; mixed and mastered by Blaise Barton at Scientific Mastering in Chicago.

Nathan Salsburg was born in that Diamond City, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania—she of anthracite glimmer and Babe Ruth’s 1926 long ball—and is a longtime resident of Louisville, Kentucky. He is a folklorist and a producer and presenter of traditional music for East Village Radio, the Drag City imprint Twos & Fews, and the Alan Lomax Archive, among other outlets. His first solo record is called Affirmed, and it’s about race horses—Affirmed, Bold Ruler, and Eight Belles, specifically—and desire and reckonings of the spirit. It’s an almost entirely instrumental affair, save his elegiac rendering of the traditional tune “The False True Love.”

—An excerpt from M.C. Taylor’s notes for “Affirmed”

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